I felt I had to share this story as it's the most unusual and disturbing thing I've ever seen on a hockey pitch. So I was umpiring on Saturday, as I'm injured, in a Midlands Hockey League 2nd Team game, which is of reasonable standard. First of all we had three umpires which as I'm sure you are aware doesn't go. So myself and the eccentric gentleman were selected to perform the duties with the whistle. Now this guy had a reputation for giving what you might call random/odd decisions and a number of players had indicated to me before the game that he would be overly biased towards the home side. Now having no prior knowledge of him I gave him the benefit of the doubt but it soon became apparent that he didn't really seem to be interpreting the rules and the game in the same way that most people would. On a number of occassions I felt I had to have a quiet word with members of both teams just to ease their frustations with the other umpire and try and keep a lid on things. It all got out of hand five minutes into the second half. A member of the visiting team had expressed his dipleasure at a decision given by the other umpire. Now in my opinion this warranted perhaps a quiet word or at very most a green card as this particular player hadn't really done anything to warrant disciplinary action prior to this. The other umpire produced the yellow, which again is his prerogative, but there was no real need in my opinion as he didn't use osbscenities or appear intimidating or aggressive. He was just frustrated. That would be an end to it then?..... No. As the player walked off he said something, but again it wasn't obscene or aggressive. This resulted in the umpire brandishing the red card! Now as the other umpire I wanted to know exactly what had happened to warrant such serious punishment. So I walked over before the restart and asked. I was met with the reply: "He's not coming back on he said something to me after as he was walking off and I wont put up with it." I asked him what he'd said. "I can't remember now but I won't have it!" I then suggested that the punishment was a little harsh as he would be suspended and he hadn't really stepped out of line up until this point. He then said: "Ok well I'll rescind the red but he's not coming back on." Harsh I felt but what else could I do? I agreed and we got the game underway. Ten minutes later he allows the player he's just sent off back on after saying he wouldn't! This confused me greatly. Very disturbing behaviour. The whole affair was turned into a bit of a farce whenever the ball was near this character and his behaviour has now resulted in a complaint to the league. I think the guy sent off may be the first person in the history of hockey to have been shown a red card and then come back on to the pitch! I'm just glad I wasn't playing! There was no reasoning with this guy, he was just an eccentric, bizarre man. Very strange! I think I handled it as well as I could just by sympathising with the players and trying to share the odd joke with them to keep them onside and happy. Nobody got hurt and that's the main thing I guess! How do you deal with characters like that?!! :baffled: :baffled: ???